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Sunday, May 26, 2013
Re: “An Open Letter to the Virginia Republican Congressional Delegation,” a full-page ad on page 5 of The Roanoke Times on May 18:
This is the leadership of the same Republican Party that claims to favor job creation in Virginia.
Please tell me why it is fair for shoppers to browse through stores in Roanoke and throughout the commonwealth, select merchandise they like, then go home and order those items over the Internet from out-of-state companies that do not collect Virginia sales tax.
This is the same sales tax that would support local and state public services for education, law enforcement, health and social services, etc., all of which the state has had to reduce because it doesn’t have the revenue.
How many jobs would local companies create if these “shoppers” bought in their home communities rather than via the Internet?
This would not be a new tax, but tax equity for existing local businesses.
WILLIAM F. CLARK
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